The journey is the reward: Roadtrip in Western USA

In general there is no reasonable reason to drive around for 3 weeks in a rental car, do 3.000 miles through desert areas, narrow coast highways and snowy mountain areas. But, who wants to explore the United States of America unfortunately need a rental car – there is hardly any way to do without.

Within our three weeks we saw so many gorgeous things – starting from wild animals to the glitter plastic world of Las Vegas – this Roadtrip for sure will stay in my memory forever.

Roadtrip in Western USA
Roadtrip in Western USA

The country in general is so gigantic that it is hard to imagine in advance as a European. A few centimeters at the map will make up to a 300 miles half-day drive in reality.

And, for sure over here lots of things are pretty different than home: fuelling up the car is super cheap (0.50€ per liter), breakfast in 4-star-hotels is also served on plastic dishes, overtaking other cars is possible from both sides and – due to pretty cheap but not this healthy food – it is a real challenge for me to fit into the same trousers at the end of the read trip.

3 weeks, 3.000 miles, numerous memories
3 weeks, 3.000 miles, numerous memories

But lets start from the beginning…After having toured around Alaska on my own, I was curious how it would be in Western US with its numerous national parcs. One major change – this time I did not travel on my own.

Los Angeles and Hollywood
Los Angeles and Hollywood

The route was pretty easily set – typing into google in German “US roadtrip westcoast for three weeks” and it spills numerous results. Obviously Germans are not only active online but also love Highway #1 seems to be one of the favourites of German travellers (the nationality can be easily spotted by the black-red-golden flag in the camper van window). Hardly met so many Germans before like on this road trip.

Joshua Trees and split rock - perfect photo shooting scenery
Joshua Trees and split rock – perfect photo shooting scenery

 Our route led us mainly to stunning national parks like Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite and into the cities Los Angeles, the surfer town San Diego, San Francisco and the wine region Napa valley.

Grand Canyon Nationalpark
Grand Canyon Nationalpark
Antelope Canyon - wonderful lighting
Antelope Canyon – wonderful lighting

So many impressions in just three weeks – my brain seems to explode…Sitting into the car up to 10 hours going from 100°F in Death Valley to 60°F close to the snowy hills in Yosemite National park. In the morning you are strolling along the Grand Canyon in hiking boots, at night you are walking at the famous strip in glittery Las Vegas.

So many animals >love it<
So many animals >love it<
las-vegas
Viva Las Vegas…Glitter and glamour everywhere – good to see but not my favorite place to be 

I feel a bit jetlaged – body and soul obviously need a bit of time to process all the memories of travelling fast forward through divers landscapes – each of it so unique that I could write a separate blog article for it.

Over 100°F in Death Valley
Over 100°F in Death Valley

What I like best – at the moment it is hard to tell: probably the wonderful lighting at antelope canyon and the pure nothing of Death Valley.

From my gained travel experience I learned that after such an intense period I need some holiday from my travels. For this reason I am heading to Cancun in Mexico next. From there I am looking for a nice diving area – on my own, no car, just relax my brain and let the numerous impressions go into my long term memory 🙂

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